It seems like just yesterday (January 19th) but three short months later game #48 and the end of the regular season happens this week. The Hawks start and regular season has to be greater than even the biggest Hawks fan could have ever imagined. The Hawks have accomplished everything they possibly can in the regular season, but they still have three games left before the Stanley Cup playoffs begins.
Wednesday night the Hawks visit the one city that they truly has given them nightmares from all the way back in the 80’s and even last year. If the Hawks are looking for any inspiration for playing the Edmonton Oilers they only have to look at last year’s 9-2 and 8-4 final scores defeats. The Oilers are again playing out the string without the playoffs in sight which has brought in a new regime in Oilerland. If Emery is ready to play look for him to get the start.
Friday night the Blackhawks close out their home regular season slate when the Calgary Flames stop in at the United Center. The Flames made a bunch of trades at the deadline to set themselves up for this year’s draft. In what seems an endless string of games without any meaning during this last week, this contest will be another game against a cellar dweller. The key for Coach Quenneville will be to give the right amount of rest while keeping players sharp. The Hawks haven’t let off the gas all season so don’t look for a let down in the last week.
Saturday night is the regular season finale and the game most Hawks fans are concerned about the most before the playoffs start. The worry isn’t wins or losses but health against the team that always looks to be head hunting. The one thing that could slow the Blues aggression down is if there playoff ticket is punched and are concerned about injuries as well. If there is a game fans will be rooting for Rockford Ice Hogs to be on the ice will be this one, but I don’t forsee Quenneville to slow down the pace especially when a playoff preview message could be sent.
What is your prediction for this week?
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